In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, physicians from Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore describe their experiences with telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Overall, use of telemedicine has allowed our institution to continue collaborating with our off-site NM physician partners in delivery of oncologic care to our patients during this outbreak, which currently shows no sign of any abatement in the near future.
Recognizing the importance of telemedicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) provided guidelines for tele-nuclear medicine in interpretation of routine nuclear medicine (NM) studies at a remote location, interpretation of emergency studies in an on-call setting, and consultation. This outbreak may spark a wider adoption of tele-nuclear medicine in the post–COVID-19 era—not just in diagnosis and therapy but also in education for developing nations with limited access to formal training in NM.
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